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Abbreviated Trial Leads to Guilty Verdict for Amy Bishop

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A Madison County jury has found former UAHuntsville professor Amy Bishop guilty of capital murder for a deadly shooting during a faculty meeting.

Judge Alan Mann sentenced Bishop to four life sentences: one for each of the three attempted murder charges she faced, and one for capital murder in regard to the three people killed that day in February 2010.

Bishop waived her right to appeal when she agreed to a plea deal Sept. 11. That deal took the possibility of the death penalty off the table.

Bishop, who had already pleaded guilty to shooting six people during a faculty meeting at the school in February 2010, still had to have a trial under Alabama law because she admitted to a capital charge of murder.

During the trial prosecutors called two witnesses. The first witness called in the trial was Dr. Debra Moriarty, who was in the faculty meeting that day. Moriarty testified that during the shooting Bishop looked "extremely determined."

Huntsville Police Department Investigator Charlie Gray was the other witness for the trial. Gray testified about the crime scene and evidence gathered. He also said when she was first questioned about the shooting, she said "It didn't happen. I wasn't there."

Bishop pleaded guilty earlier this month to killing three people and wounding three others in February 2010. She avoided a possible death sentence with the plea and instead faces life imprisonment.

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